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Venue: Romanian Atheneum (Ateneul Român), Bucharest

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AddressBucharest
Bucuresti-Ilfov
Romania
Google maps44° 26' 28.220" N 26° 5' 50.139" E
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Jacobs’ plausible pleading on behalf of Leonore

René Jacobs, Birgitte Christensen and Joshua Ellicott © Andrada Pavel
Promoting Leonore, the original version of Beethoven's Fidelio, René Jacobs made several choices of his own, only some of them justifiable.
****1
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Enescu Festival sheds light on another 18th-century gem

Delphine Galou © Andrada Pavel
In the Bucharest performance, the individual vocal contributions were consistently good, with some really standing out.
****1
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The power of music: Iestyn Davies in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice

Iestyn Davies © Andrei Gîndac
Centuries can envelop a musical masterpiece in a cocoon of misconceptions and false interpretations as much they leave their mark in the form of dirt and grime on a painting’s surface.
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A remarkable rendition of Handel’s Silla at the Enescu Festival

Fabio Biondi, Sonia Prina and Europa Galante © Alex Damian
Europa Galante's musicians’ collective expertise in playing music of the 17th and 18th centuries is indisputable and was in full display once again in Bucharest. 
****1
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Beyond pyrotechnics: Maxim Vengerov in Bucharest

Maxim Vengerov © Cătălina Filip
Vengeron and Papian explored what lies under the shiny surface of late 19th century repertoire
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A performance with two very different halves

Ashkenazy and members of the Philharmonia © Cătălina Filip
His gestures might not be the most elegant, but Vladimir Askenazy has a deep understanding of the music he choses to conduct.
***11
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Magdalena Kožená and the VBO at Enescu Festival

Magdalena Kožená and the Venice Baroque Orchestra © Alex Damian
Delayed by torrential rain, the Enescu Festival's all-Handel concert took a while to get going, but was an utter delight once it did. 
***11
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Misha Maisky à Bucarest : attentes et déboires

Mischa Maisky © Hideki Shiozawa
Au programme de ce "concert de minuit" du festival Enescu : Misha Masky et la Philharmonie de chambre de Saint-Pétersbourg dans des pièces d'Enescu, Tchaïkovsky, Bruch et Mendelssohn. Concert assez mitigé, avec un orchestre qui manque de caractère et un violoncelliste qui malgré toutes ses qualités indéniables manque de justesse.
***11
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